Apr
1
Sat
3rd Annual Hummingbird Extravaganza @ leaving at 4:30PM from the Park and Ride lot behind the Cornerstone Church at the corner of Hwy 49 and Wolf Rd
Apr 1 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

3rd Annual Hummingbird Extravaganza

Saturday, April 1, 2017
4:30-7:00PM
Leader: Kate Brennan, 530-268-1682
Do you love hummingbirds? Join us for an evening with an astonishing number of hummers at a well established migratory rest and refueling stop. We will be driving out Perimeter Rd to a private residence to view hundreds of Anna’s and Black-chinned, dozens of Rufous, and the occasional Calliope. The thunderous drone of several hundred wings and the vibrant flashing of red, orange, green, and violet will be well worth the drive. The best viewing will be just before sunset. We will be leaving at 4:30PM from the Park and Ride lot behind the Cornerstone Church at the corner of Hwy 49 and Wolf Rd. Call Kate to make reservations; parking is limited. Bring lawn chair, finger food to share or your own picnic, wine, etc.; some finger food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Apr
6
Thu
General Meeting – Salton Sea @ Community Room, Helling Library, Nevada City
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salton Sea by Michael Lynes of Audubon California

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – 7:00 PM Community Room, Helling Library, Nevada City

Anyone who has been to the Salton Sea knows how incredible the birding is at this Important Bird Area. Audubon California is working with a broad coali on of state and federal regulators, water districts, farmers, conserva on and environ- mental jus ce organiza ons, and scien sts to nd solu ons to protect birds and people that live at and around the Salton Sea. The sea has been shrinking rapidly since 2003, when a water transfer agreement began to send por ons of Imperial Valley’s water to urban areas. As the sea con nues to shrink, it will expose up to 100 square miles of lakebed, resul ng in massive air pollu on in a region that already has some of the worst air pollu on and public health rates in the state. Mover, birds will lose tens of thousands of acres of shoreline and deep water habitat. This presenta on will provide background about the Salton Sea and how the current crisis developed and will discuss some of the solu on that Audubon is working on to address the problem.

Michael Lynes is the Director of Public Policy for Audubon California and is one of the leads for Audubon’s work at the Salton Sea. Prior to joining Audubon Cali- fornia in 2014, Mike was the Conserva on Director and then Execu ve Director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he focused on regional planning and improving condi ons for Bay Area birds. Before then, Mike worked as an a orney represen ng nonpro t groups in environmen- tal protec on lawsuits. Mike started his career as a biologist with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now Point Blue Conserva on Science), where he focused on birds in riparian, wetland, and oak woodland habitats. Mike lives in Davis, Cali- fornia with his wife and two sons, who are currently more interested in catching Pokemon than watching birds.

Apr
7
Fri
Owl Prowl @ Meet at Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center),
Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Owl Prowl

Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 2017
6:30 PM-10:30 PM
Leader: RudyDarling (530)272-6504 rdarling@sbbmail.com Meet at Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center), 950 Maidu Ave. Pre-trip sign-up is required to keep group size manageable. Due to the popularity of this trip, it will be offered on two nights – your choice. Five species of owl are possible on this trip: Great-Horned Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Northern Saw- whet Owl, Spotted Owl and Northern Pygmy-Owl. Be forewarned that owling can be exciting, or it can be a bust. Owling is mostly listening, but we are sometimes treated to a sighting. While there are no guarantees, we usually manage to hear several species and often see one or two of them. DRESS WARMLY! Rain, snow, or excessive wind or fog will cancel the trip – call if in doubt. The trip is mostly driving and standing at “hot spots”. Quiet children are welcome; no dogs, please.

Apr
8
Sat
Bird Walk at South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport @ Meet at Bridgeport's north parking lot (just past the Yuba River highway bridge)
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Bird Walk at South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:00–10:30 AM
Leaders: Bob Slyker (530) 205-9011 bgsly@aol.com; Carol & Bruce Malnor (530) 432-2724 cmalnor@comcast.net

Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just past the Yuba River highway bridge). Easy walking on trail and along the river. We may see Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Band-tailed Pigeon, and more. Please contact Bob or Carol if the weather is questionable.

Owl Prowl @ Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center)
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Owl Prowl

Saturday, April 8, 2017
6:30 PM-10:30 PM
Leader: RudyDarling (530)272-6504 rdarling@sbbmail.com Meet at Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center), 950 Maidu Ave. Pre-trip sign-up is required to keep group size manageable. Due to the popularity of this trip, it will be offered on two nights – your choice. Five species of owl are possible on this trip: Great-Horned Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Northern Saw- whet Owl, Spotted Owl and Northern Pygmy-Owl. Be forewarned that owling can be exciting, or it can be a bust. Owling is mostly listening, but we are sometimes treated to a sighting. While there are no guarantees, we usually manage to hear several species and often see one or two of them. DRESS WARMLY! Rain, snow, or excessive wind or fog will cancel the trip – call if in doubt. The trip is mostly driving and standing at “hot spots”. Quiet children are welcome; no dogs, please.

Apr
15
Sat
Beginner’s Bird Walk – Traylor Ranch, Penryn @ 9:00 AM in the parking lot off Humphrey Rd. at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve. Note: the address for the Reserve is 5050 English Colony Road
Apr 15 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Beginner’s Bird Walk – Traylor Ranch, Penryn

Saturday, April 15, 2017
9:00 -11:00 AM
Leader: Heath Wakelee 916-870-5253 hwakelee@gmail.com Meet at 9:00 AM in the parking lot off Humphrey Rd. at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve. Note: the address for the Reserve is 5050 English Colony Road in Penryn. Humphrey Road boarders the Reserve. Please call or write Heath if you need additional information. Bring water, a snack, warm clothes if warranted and a positive attitude, we will see a lot of great birds. This trip is intended for beginners, but experienced birders are welcome and add to the experience for all. Traylor Ranch affords an opportunity to see the resident species of the lower foothills and valley floor, usually twenty or more different species. We’ll spend about two hours and walk a little more than a mile. Come on out, bring your binoculars and help us find some birds. The more eyes and ears, the more birds we’ll see.

Birdwalk for Beginners at Western Gateway Park, @ Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot by the basketball courts.
Apr 15 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Birdwalk for Beginners at Western Gateway Park,

Penn Valley
Saturday April 15, 2017
8:00 -10:00 AM
Leader: Allen Bertke530-903-4440 bertke@pacbell.net
This is listed as a Beginner’s Bird Walk, but all levels of birders are welcome. The more experienced eyes we have, the more birds we see. Join me for an easy 2 hour walk over flat terrain in this very birdie park. Birds to expect are California Scrub and Stellar’s Jays, Western Bluebird, Yellow-billed Magpie, Acorn, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, and hopefully some early spring arrivals of Bullock’s Oriole, Western Kingbird, and Western Tanager. We will also be on the lookout for raptors, including Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, and American Kestrels. From Grass Valley, take HWY 20 west toward Marysville. In about 5 miles, turn left at the light on Penn Valley Drive. Go right at the 1st stop sign to continue on Penn Valley Dr (the road turns into Spenceville Dr. if you were to go straight). The entrance to the park will be about 1 mile on the right. Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot by the basketball courts.

Apr
16
Sun
Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley @ parking lot of the Briar Patch Market
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley
Sunday, April 16,2017
8:00 -10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart 530-265-4677dcstew@outlook.com

This walk is designed for beginners, but more skilled birders are helpful and welcome. We’ll talk about binoculars, how and where to find birds, what to look for when you find one. We meet at 8:00AM in the parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We walk for a little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us find and identify some birds.

Apr
22
Sat
Nevada County Foothill Hot Spots @ Meet in the parking lot of the Rood Government Center,
Apr 22 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nevada County Foothill Hot Spots
Saturday, April 22, 2017
7:00AM – 2:00PM (or thereabouts)
Leaders: Rudy Darling (530-272-6504, rdarling@sbbmail.com), Ted Beedy (530-274-7232, tbeedy@comcast.net)

Part one of a two-part field trip series coinciding with the leaders’ Sierra College Community Education class, Nevada County Birding ‘Hot Spots’, but open to all. Meet in the parking lot of the Rood Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City. This fast-paced field trip will transect western Nevada County and is designed to show area birders where Big Day veterans go to find a maximum number of species in a short space of time. The route

runs from Bridgeport State Park to Lake-of-the-Pines wastewater plant. Bring a lunch. Required: contact Rudy or Ted to reserve a spot.

Bird Walk near Hirschman’s pond in Nevada City @ Helling library parking lot in Nevada City
Apr 22 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am

Bird Walk near Hirschman’s pond in Nevada City

Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:30-11:00 AM

Leaders: Theresa Thomas 530-265-2666 and Don Rivenes

We meet at 7:30AM at the Helling library parking lot in Nevada City. We will walk for a little less than two miles around the area of the library and along the Hirschman’s pond trail.
Fifteen to twenty different species are expected to be seen. Come on out and help us find and identify local birds.